I really dont know if this is showing a lot of books or just a few. I guess it depends on the person. To me, considering how many books we actually have in our home this is only a small portion. But someone else may easily come along and go 'hey, that's a lot of books!'. The fact that there are reading glasses on the shelf suggest that whoever owns these books...reads a lot of books. So in a way, at least to me, this is like an environmental portrait, without the person.